Tiernan Murphy selected for NI elite squad

Photo caption, left to right: Newry City AFC U-12 player Tiernan Murphy is pictured here with his Dad Colm who is also the assistant manager of the U12 team, Newry City AFC academy manager Conlon Morrison and academy kit manager Sean Gaffney

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Congratulations to Newry City AFC U-12 player Tiarnan Murphy who has recently been selected for the Northern Ireland U-12 Elite development Southern area squad.

The programme aims to prepare our young players for the professional game and ultimately representing Northern Ireland at Senior International level. Tiernan has gone through a number of trial selections which started with over 80 players last September and whittled down to a final panel of 16 players.

The new strategy for player development ties in with the new corporate strategy with the aim of qualifying for a major tournament. The Irish FA Player Development Programme was established in January 2012 in response to the Association’s desire to identify talented footballers at the Under age groups across Northern Ireland and nurture that talent through an agreed coaching syllabus.

Tiarnan has progressed through the ranks at Newry City’s youth academy under the guidance of Academy Manager Conlon Morrison and his Professional coach Lee Kirrane. This is a great accolade for the newly formed Newry City AFC and shows how the club is progressing through its Youth structure.

All photos courtesy of Garbhan McParland